Institutions, Governments & Cities play a crucial role in creating and enabling conditions for a circular economy to emerge and thrive. They set direction and they are drivers of innovation and investment. The circular economy provides a framework which allows governments and cities to realise many of their economic, environmental, and societal ambitions.

We work with city, regional, and national governments, as well as international institutions across the Foundation’s geographic focus areas: Europe, North America, Latin America, and China.

Institutions, Governments & Cities create the enabling conditions for a circular economy, set direction, and drive innovation and investment.

Institutions, governments & cities activities

CE100

The world’s leading circular economy network...

Food initiative

Igniting a food system transformation...

New Plastics Economy

A circular economy for plastic in which it never becomes waste...

Make fashion circular

For fashion to thrive in the future, we must join forces and design a circular e...

Institutions, Governments & Cities Network

Catalonia, Spain

Catalonia, Spain

Government of Catalonia and ACCIO, CE100 member

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Bruxelles Environnement, CE100 member

Denmark

Denmark

Danish Business Authority, CE100 member

London, UK

London, UK

London Waste & Recycling Board and Greater London Authority, CE100 member, New Plastics Economy Initiative Participant

Phoenix, USA

Phoenix, USA

City of Phoenix, CE100 member

Scotland, UK

Scotland, UK

Scottish Government, Zero Waste Scotland, and Scottish Enterprise. CE100 member, New Plastics Economy Initiative Participant

Alameda County, USA

Alameda County, USA

Stop Waste, CE100 member

Circular Economy in Cities - suite of online resources

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy in Cities suite of online resources, acts as a reference point for urban policymakers on the circular economy. It draws out opportunities in three key urban systems - buildings, mobility, and products - and looks at how city governments can enable a circular economy transition.

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Circular Economy in Cities - suite of online resources

Toolkit for Policymakers

The report Delivering the circular economy: a toolkit for policymakers, describes a step-by-step methodology and demonstrates its application through a case study in Denmark. The report, published in 2015, includes 11 tools which aim to: assess a country’s circular economy starting position, define its ambition level, and select focus areas; systematically screen, sector-by-sector, circular economy opportunities, identify barriers that limit these opportunities and analyse policy options to overcome these barriers; and assess economy-wide implications.

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Toolkit for Policymakers

Additional reads for Governments & Cities​

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has produced a series of reports and thought pieces that are relevant for the Institutions, Governments & Cities audience.

Completing the Picture:

How the Circular Economy Tackles Climate Change

Paper

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Delivering the circular economy

Full digital report

Report

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Cities in the circular economy

An initial exploration

Report

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Cities in the circular economy

The Role of Digital Technology

Report

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Key Institutions, Governments & Cities Content

Case Study

Latest policy case studies

A wide range of circular economy transition examples from governments and cities

Circulate

The Covid-19 recovery requires a resilient circular economy

A new Foundation article highlights and explores circular economy opportunities for recovery.

News

Completing the Picture - New circular economy and climate change paper presented at the COP25

News

Circulytics - a new digital tool which measures circularity for businesses

The Foundation launched Circulytics which gives companies a fully comprehensive picture of their circularity.

Case Studies

Discover more case studies

Case studies showing the implementation of a circular economy model and circular economy thinking...

News

UN Environment Assembly recognises the role of transition to a circular economy in addressing pollution

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